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Author: Bill Bradley


Source: Next City


Interest: Through an expansion of its Integration Initiative program, Living Cities is giving Albuquerque a $100,000 grant to increase economic opportunities in the region, specifically for low-income residents. With the new funds, the city hopes to leverage its most valuable asset, the University of New Mexico, a rich source of research and innovation.


Link: http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/innovate-albuquerque-unemployment-research-university-new-mexico

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Author: Stephen T. Watson


Source: Buffalo News


Interest: Seven high-tech companies are poised to set up shop in tax-free zones tied to the University at Buffalo, creating dozens of jobs while reaping the benefits of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Start-Up NY economic development program, The Buffalo News has learned.


Link: http://www.buffalonews.com/business/first-7-companies-in-ubs-tax-free-zones-identified-20140513

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Author: Christopher Ingraham


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/05/u-s-businesses-are-being-destroyed-faster-than-theyre-being-created/

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Author: Ellen Abbott


Source: WRVO Public Media


Interest: SUNY campuses across central New York are working to get the final pieces in place to begin attracting business as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY. Start-Up NY offers businesses a chance to operate tax-free for ten years, if they set up shop within one mile of college campus, and create jobs that support the academic mission of the school they’re affiliated with.


Link: http://wrvo.org/post/suny-campuses-getting-started-their-start-ny-plans

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Author: Jeff Hargarten


Source: Minnesota Daily


Interest: As Congress considers sweeping patent reform, research universities across the country are raising objections. The push for reform comes in response to the increased activities of “patent trolls,” firms that amass patents to make money from intellectual property infringement lawsuits and licensing deals. Congress is aiming to level the playing field, promote transparency and take the teeth out of frivolous patent suits.


Link: http://www.mndaily.com/news/campus/2014/04/20/u-objects-patent-reform

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Author: Buffalo Rising


Source: Buffalo Rising


Interest: Both Buffalo State and the University at Buffalo have been approved to be tax-free areas under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s START-UP NY program. The program enables universities to identify areas for expanding and allows for new businesses to operate tax free for up to 10 years. The inclusion of the areas in the plan will allow NYS businesses within the boundaries to avoid business, corporate, income, sales, property or franchise taxes.


Link: http://buffalorising.com/2014/04/buffalo-state-and-the-ub-have-been-approved-to-be-tax-free-areas/

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Author: Evan Belanger


Source: AL.com


Interest: MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State University announced today it has garnered a $336,634 from the National Science Foundation to host its Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The REU program will host 10 undergraduate students for 10 weeks in a summer program that will provide hands-on research experience in nanotechnology and biotechnology, said Komal Vig, the principal investigator of the ASU research program.


Link: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/04/alabama_state_university_garne.html

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog


Interest: Last year the White House put together its Lab to Market Summit and asked Diane Palmintera and me to co-chair a panel of external experts to review several innovative agency technology transfer programs and come up with “transformational, not incremental” ideas to increase the commercialization of $140 B of federally funded research.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/04/07/take-the-brake-off-federal-tech-transfer/id=48959/

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Author: Timothy B. Lee


Source: The Washington Post


Interest: n Monday, for the first time since 1981, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether software — or more precisely, computer-implemented inventions — can coninue to be patented. The case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, focuses on software built to eliminate “settlement risk” in currency and financial transactions where money is held in escrow and one party could renege on a deal and leave the other holding the bag. Alice Corp. claims that CLS Bank offers a service that infringes on its patent.


Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/in-new-case-supreme-court-revisits-the-question-of-software-patents/2014/03/28/a3da1c52-ad3a-11e3-9627-c65021d6d572_story.html

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Author: Editors of Electric Light & Power/ POWERGRID International


Source: Utility Products


Interest: The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded $17 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects to help small businesses in 13 states develop prototype technologies that could improve manufacturing energy efficiency, reduce the cost of installing clean energy projects and generate electricity from renewable energy sources.


Link: http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/elp-archives/2014/03/doe-awards-energy-efficiency-renewable-power-funding-to-small-businesses.html

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Author: Anne Ju


Source: Cornell Chronicle


Interest: Companies that want to advance Cornell’s academic mission while creating jobs in the region can apply to receive tax benefits and other support under a new initiative to revitalize the state’s economy, called START-UP NY (SUNY Tax-Free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate New York).


Link: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/03/tax-free-business-areas-approved-start-ny

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Author: Brianna Bailey


Source: NewsOK.com


Interest: The national nonprofit Venture for America has begun searching for start-up companies to partner with in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The organization is seeking businesses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa that are interested in interviewing and hiring members of its 2014 class.


Link: http://newsok.com/nonprofit-considers-oklahoma-for-expansion-of-start-up-fellowship-program/article/3934660

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: The journey from identifying a promising idea to building a thriving business relies on many components, such as talent, mentorship, capital, access to infrastructure, and connections to industry. As the Q4 2013 Index demonstrated, universities are in a unique position to aggregate these components to support the creation of new companies.


Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/bluesky/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-university-startup-bsi-hub,0,2808466.htmlstory

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Author: Joseph Allen


Source: IPWatchdog.com


Interest: A recent study from the Brookings Institution University Start-Ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer received a lot of coverage in the national media. While the title implies the focus is on expanding academic start-up formation (a laudable goal), The New York Times headline accurately reflects the real message: Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities.


Link: http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/01/27/does-university-patent-licensing-pay-off/id=47655/

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Author: Charles Luzar


Source: Crowdfund Insider


Interest: Back in the spring of 2013, House Bill 2023 was given its first reading on the Washington State legislature floor. Now almost one year later, the bill is picking up steam.


Link: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2014/01/30298-everything-need-know-washington-states-crowdfunding-exemption/

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Author: Illinois Innovation Network


Source: Chicago Tribune


Interest: Over the past decade, Illinois has made significant gains in bringing technologies developed at universities to market. This quarterly edition of the Innovation Index report examines the path that technology takes from inception to commercialization, sheds light on the challenges of technology transfer at academic institutions, and provides insights from new research on university start-ups.


Link: http://bluesky.chicagotribune.com/hub/chi-iin-illinois-innovation-index-2013-quarter-4-bsi-hub,0,0.htmlstory?track=bluesky-ct-head

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Author: Sara Brumfield


Source: WOUB


Interest: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, took a tour of Ohio University’s Innovation Center on Friday morning to get a glimpse into how the university is working with entrepreneurs to create innovative jobs in the area.


Link: http://woub.org/2014/01/13/sen-portman-talks-jobs-during-visit-ous-innovation-center

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Author: Patrick Clark


Source: Businessweek


Interest: While entrepreneurs wait for federal rules, some states are hammering out their own regulations to enable crowdfunding within their borders. That includes Michigan, where Governor Rick Snyder recently signed a bill allowing companies in his state to use crowdfunding rules to sell equity stakes to Michigan residents, as well as Kansas, which has allowed in-state crowdfunding since 2011. (Investments made across state lines still require the SEC’s blessing.)


Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-07/state-lawmakers-are-getting-on-the-crowdfunding-bandwagon

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Author: Jessica L. Tozer


Source: Armed with Science


Interest: Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division has thrown the switch on newly renovated “Indoor Ocean”. It’s called the Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) facility, and the recent face-lift will help change the way the Navy understands extremes maritime circumstances.


Link: http://science.dodlive.mil/2013/12/24/top-tech-the-navys-indoor-ocean/

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Author: Tallahassee Democrat


Source: Tallahassee Democrat


Interest: It has become a mantra in Tallahassee that our two state universities are potent economic engines — with the potential for even more growth. That potential is in the spotlight again, with Florida State University being named one of the top 100 universities worldwide for new patents granted.


Link: http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20131224/OPINION01/312240002/Our-Opinion-Inventive

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